Shaving heads for children's cancer research

By Kelly McCarthy

March 16, 2013 Updated Mar 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A group of Binghamton firefighters took a trip outside their comfort zones for a good cause. They shaved their heads for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises money for children's cancer research.

The first to take the hot seat for the Binghamton Fire Department's St. Baldrick's fundraiser isn't part of the squad just yet. He says he's giving up his head of hair for the kids.

"Oh I feel very proud. My one son that had his head shaved sat for a couple of minutes and really didn't make much of a peep," said Binghamton Firefighter Chris Mallery.

Up next was his father. Mallery joined his son in the battle to end childhood cancer.

"We personally weren't affected directly, but they go to school, they have classmates, they understand the general idea of it," Mallery said.

For those who are affected by the disease, this fundraiser is another way to share their memories and to raise money that encourages more research.

"We were just very touched by his story, and really we have two little kids of our own and we just think awareness is important for every kid, so that everyone has hope," said Heather Pancost, of Binghamton.

The Binghamton Fire Department has already raised more than $3,000. They are hoping the event will help them raise a few thousand more.

"Ten thousand dollars was our initial goal. You always like to set goals a little high, but I think whatever number total it is, it's going to be great," Mallery said.

Each lock of hair that hit the ground Saturday was more support toward finding a cure.

It's a concept people of all ages can understand.

"Our son Landon is four. He is aware that daddy shaved his head to help kids, and that's what we're here for," Pancost said.

Parents said they wanted to show their kids losing hair was nothing to be afraid of. It's just a small gesture in a big movement to save lives.